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Penngrove Station by Lyndi Brown

Penngrove's Spectacular Parade of Lights

Dec 29, 2017
by Lyndi Brown


The Holiday Lights Parade was an amazing 30 minute spectacular on Main St., put on by Penngrove Social Firemen’s Kim Hanson. From decorated ATVs to full-on floats, the surrounding ag community really showed their spirit. Next year, don’t miss it!

There’s a new shop in town, Penny Grove Thrift. Penngroovian Lynn Friedrichsen Cunningham and business partner Brent Emery are operating the shop, formerly End of the Road Thrift. They were busy handing out hot chocolate during the Holiday Lights Parade last month, and they have surprises up their sleeve. Lynn is a talented decorator, so you can expect some real finds, attractively presented. Check them out this month, a good time for thrifters. Holidays have passed, and it’s out with the old, in with the new. The shop is open Thursdays through Sundays, from 9 am to 4 pm at 9950 Main St. at Adobe Rd. Their Facebook page is called Penngrove Thrift.

Strawberry Fields Forever?

Berry grower Lou Saetern reports there is a new owner of the parcel at 7900 Petaluma Hill Rd. This is where the Saetern family has rented land to grow delicious berries for many years (Petaluma Hill Rd. and East Railroad Ave.). The new owner (Leo) has erected a fenced marijuana field nearby, and wants the Saeterns to continue growing berries. But Lou doesn’t want everyone asking him if he is growing marijuana. Bud’s Meats offered nearby land for the strawberry fields, but it’s a watch and wait situation. Community members want those sweet, juicy strawberries to stay!

Time Capsule

Burr Wilson reported at a Penngrove Historical Society meeting that a time capsule is ready to be filled with memorabilia of 2017, a year of remarkable events. The capsule is a 4-foot length of 4-inch PVC tubing that will be glued shut on the day it is entombed. Burr suggested that it be buried on the day of the opening of the Penngrove Market, under concrete, in front of the market and plainly marked for the community to know where it is so that it can be found and opened in 50 years. An email alert and Nextdoor alert will let us know when to bring memorabilia for the capsule. Most items will be paper, but small objects – coins, for instance – will be acceptable.

Yanni’s Sausages are on the menu at Lagunitas Brewery, and can be found in local markets. Francesca and are shifting the shop’s hours, to allow time to build their retail marketing. The popular shop’s public hours are now Thursday & Friday 11 to 3, Saturday & Sunday 11 to 4.

Can We Live Better Longer? – Jan. 8

Learn about the Buck Institute’s latest discoveries in aging research. Just what is aging?  What are the possibilities for aging without illness? Presenter is Kris Rebillot, the Buck’s Director of Communications for 14 years. She works with scientists focused on extending the human health span. The free public program is hosted by Village Network of Petaluma, 402 Petaluma Blvd. North (at Oak St.), Petaluma. Monday, January 8th, from10 a.m. to noon. Please RSVP to reserve your seat to or call 776-6055.


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